I bought one of the PSP LCD screens from Sparkfun forever ago, planning on building some kind of game console-like device with it. Slowly, I accumulated more hopeful parts, like the PSP-style thumb-sticks and a touchscreen that fits the LCD perfectly. All these parts are screaming at me to build something cool, so I’m going to build an FPGA based, hand-held game console. From scratch.
Before I write much about my Gameslab project, I think it’s worth looking back at my Gamesphere project from over four years ago. I still receive a handful of emails per month asking for schematics or help on building a new game console. Usually, these emails are desperate college seniors looking for an easy senior project. And, I’m afraid for the people that are legitimately looking for schematics to learn from, I didn’t make any. That’s part of why I want to look back on my previous project; I want to see what I can do better this time around, and also, what I did well the first time.